Best Hikes with Dogs: Oregon
This broad, gentle path follows the abandoned Old Coast Highway from Humbug Mountain north toward Port Orford. Bicyclists are attracted by the fact that this trail is a former road, so watch for zippy mountain and road bikes. Yet the route does offer seclusion from crowds, as well as beautiful views of the south-curving reach of shoreline below and Humbug Mountain serving as an exclamation point in the distance.
There is no water along this hike after the first 0.2 mile from the trailhead, so, as always, carry extra for your dog. The stretches of remnant pavement can be very hot on dog paws, so provide opportunities for occasional shady rest stops if you hike this trail on a sunny day. From the trailhead, the Old Coast Highway heads gently uphill into a cool, leafy tunnel of bigleaf maple, alder, and spruce, passing once barren road cuts now bristling with mosses and sword ferns. The pavement here is intact, right down to the fading centerline. The path remains at least partly pavement throughout the hike.